After losing a job, figuring out health insurance may be the smartest first step. Franck Camhi/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Rep. Pete Stark, a California Democrat, was defeated in November. Stark leaves a long-lasting mark on the nation's health care system. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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